wines from Bibendum's 2007 saleby Tom Cannavan, 2007
|Notes on six wines sampled from Bibendum's summer sale, which begins July 3rd 2007 and runs until the 13th, with substantial reductions. You can request the full list of what's on offer from
Though I cannot vouch for everything in the sale, I have to say that this cracking little selection of wines represents a simply outstanding buying opportunity. Get in quick.
These wines are available only by the unmixed case of six or 12 bottles. Delivery on all wines is free if you order £250 worth or more.
|Glenguin's owner and winemaker is Robin Tedder MW, a Scot who gave up a career in politics to make wine. This is classic Hunter Valley Semillon, with only 12% alcohol, making it a fine choice for a summer's
day in the garden. The low-yielding Old Broke Block was picked late, and this wine exhibits a wonderfully honeyed, even toasty character, with oatmeal and some little floral and spice notes, but also plenty of fat,
generous lemon fruit. On the palate this wine has real intensity and concentration - remarkably so given its modest alcohol - with racy citrus and crunchy apple flavours, and a terrific zestiness that races across
the tongue. The ripeness and slightly waxy weight and texture of the Semillon
is all there, giving this a lovely limpid, mouth-filling character. Another cracking buy. £8.82, reduced to £5.32.
Graham Beck's vintage pink fizz is made by the traditional method, from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. It has that delicate pink colour known as 'partridge eye', and a nose that is fresh, crisp and citrussy,
with glimpses of nettles and a mossy quality. In the mouth it has a lively, rolling mousse, and a palate that is dry, crisp and savoury without being at all thin or mean. There's plenty of lemony fruit, and just a hint of
raspberry and sweet, earthy character, in a wine that is balanced and moreish, and ideal for drinking at your garden parties and barbies this summer. £10.28, reduced to £7.47.
This appears to be another outstanding bargain in the Bibendum summer sale, with others retailing it at around £12.00, but Bibendum asking just £6.36 for the two weeks of the offer. It has an attractively
creamy and bright nose of silken black fruits, with black cherry and juicy damson plum, and plenty of smoky, spicy, briar and earthy sweetness. On the palate the sweetness and svelte, supple ripeness of
both fruit and tannins is immediately seductive, but there's more to this wine than just flatteringly ripe fruit: it does not lose its 'Pinosity', with a swirling, smoky oak character and those earthy, lightly truffly
notes present and correct. Spice and a nice edge of acidity add crispness to the finish, in a very attractive Pinot made irresistible at the offer price. £6.36 per bottle.